Ward 10

Ward 10, Royal Derwent Hospital, New Norfolk, Tasmania

Occupied by patients in 1965, Ward 10 of the Royal Derwent Hospital was a secure ward housing males who were deemed criminally insane. The ward was open until the de-institutionalisation of mental patients in Tasmania in late 2000. The building has since become derelict and abandoned.

 

The performance began in January 2020 with Bowe restoring the common room of the west wing, a process spanning over three months. The performance was concluded with six minutes of physically intense painting. Utilising extinguishers and aerosol to accentuate and record each action, a cathartic process embodying Bowe's own internal reality. The performance is a display of emotional expression through physical action, an acknowledgement of emotion and rendering this into a visual, tangible form.